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  1. Comment on Does anyone on Tildes not speak—intentionally or not—to one or both of your parents? If so, why? in ~talk

  2. Comment on Does anyone on Tildes not speak—intentionally or not—to one or both of your parents? If so, why? in ~talk

    nic Link Parent
    Relationships are a two way street.

    Relationships are a two way street.

  3. Comment on Does anyone on Tildes not speak—intentionally or not—to one or both of your parents? If so, why? in ~talk

    nic Link
    Does your father make an effort to reach out to you?

    Does your father make an effort to reach out to you?

  4. Comment on Shootings at Christchurch mosques in ~news

    nic (edited ) Link Parent
    Yes. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated "our gun laws will change"

    Yes.

    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated "our gun laws will change"

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Thoughts about investing in Weed stocks? in ~talk

    nic Link
    Canopy Growth Corporation has a $16 billion dollar market capitalization. They are pulling in about $155 million, and spending about $600 million. Even at their current growth rate of 200%, it's...

    Canopy Growth Corporation has a $16 billion dollar market capitalization. They are pulling in about $155 million, and spending about $600 million.

    Even at their current growth rate of 200%, it's going to take 4-10 years for them to pull in enough revenue to justify a $16 billion dollar market cap.

    They would need to become the Phillip Morrison/ Johnson & Johnson of weed in order for you to see a 10x-30x return on your investment.

    Also, be warned, at these nose bleed valuations, the weed companies are going to crash hard in the next recession (whenever that occurs.)

    3 votes
  6. Comment on I don’t wanna do my video game chores in ~games

    nic Link Parent
    I'd like a decent pacman. The one I bought has serious issues.

    I'd like a decent pacman. The one I bought has serious issues.

  7. Comment on I don’t wanna do my video game chores in ~games

    nic Link Parent
    I found both the article, and your response, to be both very insightful, at least for me. GTA 3 had a vast world with unstructured play that was wildly entertaining. The first mission taught you...

    I found both the article, and your response, to be both very insightful, at least for me.

    GTA 3 had a vast world with unstructured play that was wildly entertaining. The first mission taught you enough, then you were immediately free to discover the joys of smashing cars and squishing pedestrians while rockin to the radio.

    GTA IV & V added additional realistic chores (necessary tasks that lacked an element of fun) which were required to open up new levels of unstructured play (so you could steal a freaking tank or fighter plane.)

    As you put it in your first excellent point, these "chores" are a way for "open-world games" to "offer the opportunity for engaged agency" - they give structured objectives to those who are motivated to check all the items off in a game, thereby increasing the average amount of time people spend in the game.

    But they frustrated me slightly, as these chores got in the way of me and the next level of unstructured fun.

    To your second interesting point, RDR2 lacks GTA's unbridled element of unstructured fun. As you so eloquently put it: is a down-to-earth experience that simulates real-life-but-a-hundred-years-ago a meaningful investment of time and money? For me, the answer is no.

    I bought an xbox to specifically play this game, and (after the painfully slow requisite updates to the new system) I spent an hour or two before putting the sadly game aside. It is incredibly beautiful, very realistic, but to me it is utterly dull and devoid of fun.

    Clearly I am in the minority here, so Rockstar seems to have made the right choice in terms of realism vs fun.

    So now I use my xbox to play pac-man with my son. I need another controller for pong. Somehow, I find these rudimentary games far more fun than RDR2.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on What is your first-hand experience with the "Dunning–Kruger effect"? in ~talk

    nic Link Parent
    There is a classic theory (hierarchy of competence), that the top quartile of competence find it difficult to communicate with the bottom quartile: The fundamental principles are unconscious to...

    There is a classic theory (hierarchy of competence), that the top quartile of competence find it difficult to communicate with the bottom quartile: The fundamental principles are unconscious to the top quartile, so they can not communicate effectively to someone who is unconsciously incompetent.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on What products do you absolutely love? in ~talk

    nic Link Parent
    Aren't you nervous about snapping leaf blades into two?

    Aren't you nervous about snapping leaf blades into two?

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Having children is one of the most destructive things you can to do the environment, say researchers in ~enviro

    nic Link Parent
    New technologies often have unforeseen circumstances. Fossil fuels are raising temperatures. Plastic in the ocean is killing sea life. Pesticides on our land are killing of insects. Antibiotics in...

    New technologies often have unforeseen circumstances.

    Fossil fuels are raising temperatures. Plastic in the ocean is killing sea life. Pesticides on our land are killing of insects. Antibiotics in our food are creating super bugs.

    Frankly, I don't see how any of this ends well.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Having children is one of the most destructive things you can to do the environment, say researchers in ~enviro

    nic Link Parent
    There is also huge positive value of a diverse ecosystem.

    There is also huge positive value of a diverse ecosystem.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on What products do you absolutely love? in ~talk

    nic Link Parent
    After 50 wears/washes, my Darn Tough crew socks get a hole. But they do have a lifetime warranty. And they are definitely nicer than cotton.

    After 50 wears/washes, my Darn Tough crew socks get a hole. But they do have a lifetime warranty. And they are definitely nicer than cotton.

  13. Comment on What products do you absolutely love? in ~talk

    nic Link Parent
    I've had one cheapo vac and it has lasted over twenty years. I clearly don't vacuum enough

    I've had one cheapo vac and it has lasted over twenty years.

    I clearly don't vacuum enough

  14. Comment on Having children is one of the most destructive things you can to do the environment, say researchers in ~enviro

    nic Link Parent
    I think a more interesting question is; what were the sort of people that tended to have more children in our past?

    I think a more interesting question is; what were the sort of people that tended to have more children in our past?

  15. Comment on Having children is one of the most destructive things you can to do the environment, say researchers in ~enviro

    nic Link Parent
    I look forward to your second post with great eagerness.

    I look forward to your second post with great eagerness.

  16. Comment on Having children is one of the most destructive things you can to do the environment, say researchers in ~enviro

    nic Link Parent
    How does "One fewer child per family" devalue everything about being human?

    How does "One fewer child per family" devalue everything about being human?

    8 votes
  17. Comment on Flickr will soon start deleting photos — and massive chunks of internet history in ~tech

    nic Link Parent
    If you don't have secure offsite backups, also be prepared to lose your stuff.

    If you don't have secure offsite backups, also be prepared to lose your stuff.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Passwords in ~tildes

    nic Link Parent
    I'm always impressed with how elegant your site is.

    I'm always impressed with how elegant your site is.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on What products do you absolutely love? in ~talk

    nic Link
    I fell in love with the iPhone when it first came out in 2007. Which led me to being a fan of Apple Macbooks a year later. Which led me to recommend Apple laptops to friends and family. I've...

    I fell in love with the iPhone when it first came out in 2007. Which led me to being a fan of Apple Macbooks a year later. Which led me to recommend Apple laptops to friends and family.

    I've noticed recently that Tesla owners seem to have the same rabid love for their products and the company.

    Are there any other products or companies you feel that strongly about?

    7 votes